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This page is still under construction and we ask you to please bear with us as we build content to include more news since the start of the campaign by the islanders to go home.  News is relevant to 2003/04 only at the moment.



         A poignant plea
  One of the many banners
       displayed outside 
   the High Court, London
  during the islanders fight
         to be allowed
    home to Diego Garcia.


Jan 2008
Olivier Bancoult and Richard Gifford, Clifford Chance LLP solicitors give evidence to Foreign Affairs Committe.
 
May 2007
Appeal court rule in favour of Chagos islanders. The government have one month to decide whether to appeal to the House of Lords.
May 2007

Appeal court are due this month to make a ruling over the Chagos Islands. UK government is due to find out whether it can stop the Chagos Islanders returning to their homeland.
Mar 2007


Mauritius President, Sir Anerood Jugnauth has threatened to leave the Commonwealth in protest at the UK's "barbarous" treatment of the Chagos Islands and may even take the UK to the International Court of Justice over the Islander's plight.
Feb 2007

Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett wants to overturn May 2006 High Court ruling. Robin Cook previous Foreign Secretary said there would be no appeal and a study would look at their possible return.
May
2006



The UK High Court ruled in the Chagossians favour in their battle to prove they were removed by the UK government. Olivier Bancoult said it was a "special day, a day to remember". However, the government was given permission to appeal and the islanders must also overcome the UK and US residence vetoes.
Apr 2006


Emotional return for Chagossians, following the expulsion by the government nearly 40 years ago. Once beautiful homes, churches and graveyards now derelict and ravaged by time. Monuments were erected on each island visited.
Apr
2006



Islanders given a chance to return to Diego Garcia by boat via Mauritius, to attend graves, hold services and wander among derelict plantations, where some used to live. The visit by 102 Chagossians, two priests, a stonemason, a doctor, a nurse, and a British official will last for 12 days. Olivier Bancoult will accompany his mother on the visit.
Dec
2005


Islanders launch High Court bid to win the right to return home. Lawyers have asked the High Court to declare the government order "invalid and of no effect". The legal action was instigated by Louis Bancoult who was evacuated as a boy from the islands.
Apr
2005
Several dozen islanders currently based in Sussex, have won permission to bring a high court challenge for housing and social benefits in the UK.
Nov
2004


West Sussex County Council will support 10 Chagossian Islanders; descendants of families exiled from the Islands in the 60's and 70's.  They will be paid £20.00 each per week until their cases are reviewed by the High Court next month.
Nov
2004



A group of exiled Islanders fighting to be rehoused in the UK are protesting in Downing Street, London, and will be attending a debate on the issue at Westrminster Hall, London. 
Since arriving in the UK, the Islanders have repeatedly had to go to court to get local authorities to provide accommodation for them.
Oct
2004


One of the Islanders, Nicholas Antoine, is challenging the Government to help the exiles as Reigate & Banstead Council is ordered by the High Court to continue to provide accommodation.  This is seen by many as a test case on which the remainder rest.
Sept
2004



A further 90 people will arrive at Gatwick Airport in October 2004 from Diego Garcia.  This will bring the total of islanders in the UK to 250, and the local council has estimated that a further 3000 may also arrive.  The council continues to refuse the Islanders help, despite being ordered to do so twice by the High Court.
July
2004



Diego Garcians living temporarily in the UK pressurise the UK Government to allow them to return home.
UK Prime Minister says that Diego Garcia is strategically important to the UK and therefore the Islanders cannot be allowed to return home.  The Islanders remain in Crawley, Sussex whilst they continue their fight.
Oct
2003


After months of campaigning for the right to be allowed home to Diego Garcia, the Islanders lose their case.  It is decided to take the matter to the European Court of Human Rights.
No further news available at present.
Sept
2003


Money runs out for exiled Islanders as the council says it can no longer afford to pay for the accommodation of the Islanders, this means that the Islanders will have nowhere to sleep after Monday 15 September and are now threatening to sleep rough. 
Aug
2003


Sussex County Council has now been ordered by a High Court judge to house the Islanders, all British passport holders, until further notice and pending a judicial review into their future, which must be finalised before any further decisions can be made. 
July
2003




The Islanders, camping out at Gatwick Airport and campaigning outside council offices in protest at their treatment by the British authorities had wanted to join other Islanders who arrived months earlier and stay in Crawley.  Sussex County Council, responsible for Crawley, told them they could do nothing as the Islanders had originally arrived at Heathrow, London which was not in Sussex County Council's remit. 


 
   
   
   
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